Travel and Accomodations


Maps of the venues for all conference events are available here. Below we provide information about travel and lodging for the conference. If you have any questions or have specific needs regarding accommodation and transportation, please contact the local organizers directly at

Lodging and parking

Hotel, Conference Venue and Campus Map

The main conference hotel is the Gateway Hotel in Ames, a short distance from the main Iowa State campus:

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50014

Additional rooms have been reserved at the Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites across the street from the Gateway Hotel. Chaperones can request to use the conference reserved rate by calling the hotel.

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites
2500 S University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50010


Students should not make their own hotel reservations. You have been assigned a room in one of the two hotels after you have been accepted to the conference. Preferences for roommates is part of the application process.

If you are driving to the conference, you may park at your hotel. Transportation from the hotels to the conference site will be provided (see shuttle information page). Additional parking will be available at the conference site.

Conference Venue

The main conference sessions are held at the Scheman building in the Iowa State University campus. A map of the Sheman building first floor (where most of the conference sessions are held) is available hereShuttle transportation will be available from the Gateway and Best Western Hotels to Scheman every morning from 7:15 to 8:15AM, and then back to the hotel after the end of the sessions (see shuttle schedule). Parking is available in front of the Scheman building in case you wish to drive.

Iowa State Campus Map


  • Reception from 6:45 to 8:00PM on Friday January 12th at the Gateway hotel (see map here)
  • Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30AM on at Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th at Scheman;
  • Lunch from 12 and 1PM on Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th at Scheman;
  • Conference banquet dinner from 7 to 9PM on Saturday January 13th at the Gateway hotel (see map here). 

Booking Travel

When making travel plans, please keep in mind that the Iowa State University is in the Central Time Zone.

After notification of your acceptance to the conference, you should immediately plan your travel options. We encourage coordination among students from the same institution to minimize travel costs. Please note that it is expected that students obtain travel support from their home institutions. However, if they are not able to cover these expenses, travel funding is available upon request to for a limited number of students with significant financial need.

If you are receiving travel support, it is imperative that you work with us in Ames to make your arrangements to ensure a full reimbursement. Your travel costs must conform to the Iowa State University travel policies for full reimbursement; there are no exceptions. Please contact us with any questions.

Getting to Ames

By Plane

The Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is a 45 minute drive from Ames, Iowa. The airport is serviced by most major airlines and offers a variety of arrival and departure times. 

Des Moines Airport Shuttles: Executive Express offers a comfortable start and end to your travel without driving and parking hassles.  A one-way ticket starts at $32.00. For information on other limousine / ride-share services from the Des Moines airport to Ames, follow this link.

By Car

Des Moines to Ames drive mapFrom the Des Moines International Airport

► Get on I-235 E in Des Moines from Fleur Dr and Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
► Continue on I-235 E. Take I-35 N to S University Blvd in Ames. Take exit 146 from US-30 W
► Turn left onto S University Blvd
► Turn right onto Green Hills Dr into the Gateway hotel parking lot


From all other locations:

Ames is well served by the US interstate system, located at the junction of US route 35 with US-30.

US Interstate Routes to Ames

By Bus

Jefferson Bus travels to Ames from St. Paul or Kansas City. About 4.5 hours including stops; the same trip takes a little over 3 hours by car not counting stops. Amtrak is using the newly renovated downtown St. Paul Union Depot, also on the Jefferson Bus itinerary for direct connection to Ames.  Jefferson Bus also connects to the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport, with similar travel time to Ames.

Greyhound and Megabus service is available in the area. Megabus has service between Chicago and Des Moines, Greyhound has direct service from Chicago (11 hours vs.  6 to drive the same distance) to Ames.

All bus lines run between 1 and 3 trips per day on each route. The Ames Intermodal Bus depot is located in Campus Town. From there get the Cyride bus no. 6 (ISU to Research park) at the stop in Welch Ave. Get down at the Green Hills Dr. stop in University Boulevard, which is in front of the Gateway Hotel.